Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2018. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

USACE Inundation Mapping

Friday, December 18, 2020

10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon CT
(11:30 a.m. ET, 9:30 a.m. MT, 8:30 a.m. PT)

CM | 1.5


Managing the risks posed by dams and levees requires hazard/risk awareness, planning, diligent monitoring, quick response to distress, and regular communication among federal, state and local officials, the private sector and the public. Inundation maps are a crucial component to communicating flood risk, but requires a communication strategy to aid understanding. A comprehensive strategy must involve modern information sharing methods that give interested parties the ability to work with United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) inundation maps within their chosen decision support systems. Web-based interactive maps are rapidly becoming the most utilized inundation map format. With recent lessons learned and inundation mapping state of practice in mind, USACE has recently updated its policies on inundation map information sharing. Most inundation maps produced by USACE fully accessible to the public. This means enhanced information access and greater understanding of flood risks for floodplain managers, planners, and for the public. Exceptions to publicly sharing the inundation maps are being considered over the next year.

This webinar will focus on recent changes in USACE policy for public dissemination of emergency action plan (EAP) maps and inundation maps during flood emergencies.

Attendees of this webinar will: (1) learn about recent updates to USACE inundation map sharing policies making them accessible to the public, (2) be updated on USACE plans to make dam EAP maps publicly available within the National Inventory of Dams (NID) in late 2021, and (3) see a demonstration of how they will be able to access and use USACE dam emergency action plan EAP maps once available in the NID.

Meet the Presenters

Headshot of Jason Sheeley.

Jason Sheeley

Jason Sheeley has worked for USACE since 2003 as a geospatial sciences subject matter expert. Prior to joining USACE he worked for a global engineering firm. Since 2009 he has been with USACE Modeling, Mapping and Consequences Center, tasked with developing emergency action plan maps for dams and levee systems. He has been heavily involved with changes in USACE policies for EAPs and inundation maps and led the technical team that wrote the latest update to USACE policy.

Headshot of Travis Tutka.

Travis Tutka, PE

Travis Tutka started with USACE during the flood of 1993 in the Saint Louis District. His 27 years with USACE have been split between dam and levee safety with a focus on program management, inspection, and instrumentation. Currently Tutka works with the USACE Risk Management Center as a Senior Dam Safety Program Manager. He has led policy discussions regarding dam safety information sharing over the last 10 years.

Headshot of Phoebe Percell.

Phoebe Percell, PE

Phoebe Percell has been with USACE, leading the Dam and Levee Safety Programs for almost 2 years. Previously she worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 17 years, and a year and a half in private consulting. In her time with USACE her focuses have been on building and maintaining relationships with non-federal stakeholders and other federal agencies, building and maintaining technical competency in dam and levee safety, creating more transparency in data and decision making, and continuing to lead the world in the management of dams and levees.


Chad Berginnis, CFM

Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012 after joining the the organization in 2011. Since 2000, he has served ASFPM as insurance committee chair, mitigation policy committees' coordinator, vice chair, and chair. Berginnis received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning at the state, local, and private sector level.

View Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)